Cool Bugs Wales – an environmental crowdfunding project in Cardiff by The Frozen Ark

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Will you donate to save Welsh insects?

Remember a time when a car ride meant lots of bugs squashed on the windshield? Not anymore, as Welsh bug numbers have plummeted since the 1960s

Animals like this strident carder bee were once common but are now endangered.

The Frozen Ark collects and cryopreserves DNA and cell samples from endangered animals. DNA and cells can guide the reintroduction of missing genetic diversity into wild animal populations, prevent inbreeding, and identify, introduce, or preserve traits that can help a species adapt to ongoing climate change.

WHY NOW?

We have had long periods of rain and flooding and dry, hot summers. Climate change is helping to reduce the number of Welsh insects, including spiders, bees, snails and spiders. The number of butterflies has dropped to an all-time high. Thirteen species of bee are extinct in the UK, and more are threatened with extinction. The drop in the number of insects has led to a reduction in birds. Gray partridges, for example, depend on sawflies for food, and many chicks have died because there aren’t enough sawflies.

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And yet, this destruction receives little public attention. We all need to reverse this catastrophic decline and help protect our Welsh insects.

We need your help to secure the future of Welsh wildlife.

Donate today and you could help save biodiversity and our ecosystem.

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL SAVE OUR WILDLIFE

Your donation could support our essential work to save Welsh bugs. We will do it –

  • Collecting and cryopreserved DNA and cell samples from insects in Wales.
  • Provide samples to conservationists and scientists working to protect British insects.
  • Advise others on how best to use our samples to protect against bugs.

Your donation will help pay for volunteer expenses and training costs and fund staff salaries.

EVERY DONATION MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE

We are a small charity that depends on volunteers so £3 really makes a difference to us.

WHO WE ARE

The Frozen Ark supports and undertakes the collection and preservation of the genetic material of endangered species in order to protect and manage the genetic diversity of native species, which is seriously threatened by environmental changes. Information from genetic samples can guide the reintroduction of missing genetic diversity into wild animal populations, prevent inbreeding, and identify, introduce, or preserve traits that could help a species adapt to ongoing climate change.

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CREW

We rely on volunteers who help cryopreserve animal samples, participate in our public education program and support our communications. For example, one volunteer helps coordinate our education and outreach program in Cardiff, and other volunteers help deliver workshops at events. Our director is internationally recognized in conservation genetics and is the co-founder of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature Conservation Specialists Genetic Group) and a volunteer. We have two part-time staff who recruit, support and organize training for volunteers and administration and run an education and awareness program for children and adults.

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